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2022 Virtual Postbac Poster Days


This year, Postbac Poster Days will be virtual again! 2022 Virtual Postbac Poster Days are scheduled for April 26th through April 28th.

The event will be hosted on Fourwaves. All visitors and participants must register on the event website to attend. Watch your email for the registration link.

Postbac Poster Days are your opportunity to share the research you have been conducting at the NIH and at the same time develop your communication and networking skills.  We encourage all current NIH Postbacs to present at this virtual event.  At the poster session, in a normal year, you would be able to share background information on your project, present any data you may have collected, and discuss the technical problems you encountered as well as any results. However, given the current situation, we understand that many of you will be unable to share a full story. Some of you might just have started a new position and might not have any data or even a clear understanding of your project yet. We welcome all kinds of posters! Present a literature review or a completely new proposal! Please discuss your idea with your supervisor or PI first.

Please remember that publishing data anywhere has intellectual property implications. If you want to include data that might result in patentable ideas (or if you are uncertain) be sure you have the permission of your PI to share everything in your poster. In fact, regardless of what you want to present, get your PI’s permission before you submit.

Attend a Poster Practice Session

Direct Link to the Practice Sessions:

Practice Session Schedule:

  • Poster Practice Session 4/18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Poster Practice Session 4/19, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Poster Practice Session 4/20, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Poster Practice Session 4/21, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Poster Practice Session 4/22, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Practice Session RSVP:

View the COMPLETE 2022 Postbac Poster Days Program.


Postbac Poster Days Schedule:


When Will My IC Be Presenting?



Tuesday, April 26

Wednesday, April 27

Thursday, April 28

10:00-11:30 am




12:00-1:30 pm




2:00-3:30 pm




Poster Judging

Posters will be reviewed by teams composed of graduate students, postdocs, and other NIH scientific staff using a list of standard review criteria. Presenters scored in the top 20% will receive a letter acknowledging their work.  NOTE: if a poster has more than one presenter, the first author will be responsible for presenting the poster and will be eligible to win an award.

Creating Your Virtual Poster

To promote scientific discussion and interaction, we recommend that participants hold a virtual meeting and present their posters to each other before the actual virtual poster session.

Virtual Poster Technical Requirements:

  • Poster Size: 48” (Width) and 36” (Height)
  • Poster Orientation: Landscape
  • Recommended Font Size:

    • Title: 80 pt
    • Section Headings: 54 pt
    • Secondary Section Headings or Figure Title: 44 pt
    • General Text: 36 – 40 pt
    • Figure/table legends: 28 pt
  • There is no limit to the size of the file

Virtual Poster Requirements: Content and Design


Include the following components in your poster presentation:

  • Title and Author Information:
    • Title
    • Author, Affiliation
    • Institute or Center name, logos
  • Content:
    • an introduction (providing background information),
    • a brief statement of the purpose of the project,
    • a description of materials and methods used, and
    • a summary of results and conclusions.

Begin to write and proof-read your poster several weeks in advance. You should develop and practice a short (3 to 5 minute) verbal description of the work \ that you can present to colleagues who “visit” your poster.

The virtual 2022 Workshop entitled "Creating and Presenting Dynamic Posters" included suggestions on developing your poster.  If you were not able to attend, please watch the recording.

Here are some other general guidelines for laying out your poster:

  • A light background with dark text is easiest to read.
  • Use one font and style to integrate all portions of your poster.
  • Make sure the poster can be read from at least 4 - 6 feet away.
  • Label graphics directly and use tables for small data sets.
  • Keep your title simple and use it to state the conclusion or focus of your study.
  • Figures, diagrams, and bullet points are better than paragraphs of text.
  • A general rule of thumb is to allow 40% of your space for graphics, 20% for text, and 40% for white space.